HeartTAN-a-quill or tan-a-KEEL
"gift of God"

Tanaquil Origin and Meaning

The name Tanaquil is a girl's name of Latin origin meaning "gift of God".

This intriguing name of an ancient Etruscan queen renowned for her prophetic powers was long associated with the prima ballerina Tanaquil LeClerq.

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Famous People Named Tanaquil

  • Tanaquil (7th century BC)wife of Lucius Tarquinius Priscus, the fifth king of Rome
  • Tanaquil "Tanny" LeClerq (19292000), prima ballerina
  • Tanaquil JonesAmerican activist
  • Tanaquil Enzensberger (b. 1957)daughter of German writer Hans Magnus Enzensberger

Tanaquil in Pop Culture

  • Tanaquil, aka Gloriana, the titular fairy queen in Spenser's poem The Faerie Queene (1590), a representation of Elizabeth I: "He [Oberon] dying, left the fairest Tanaquil / Him to succeed therein, by his last Will: / Fairer and nobler liveth none this hour. / Ne like in Grace, ne like in learned Skill; / Therefore they Glorian[a] call that glorious Flower. / Long mayst thou Glorian live, in Glory and great Power."
  • Tanaquil, the heroine of Tanith Lee's Unicorn trilogy (the young daughter of a powerful sorceress, who brings a unicorn to life)
  • Origin: Latinization of the Etruscan Thanchvil (or Thanchivil, Thancvil, Thanachvil, Thanacvil, Than(a)qvil, etc.), a theophoric name, Thana + cvil, "gift of Thana" (probably from the name of a lost Etruscan goddess, Thana)
  • Also pronounced like tranquil: TAN,a,quill